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Feb 17, 2021
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Hold Your Plums: Borussia Munchengladbach Who Did Liverpool Beat To Win The European Cup In 1977
Topics: BBC Radio Merseyside, Liverpool, Football
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Nov 29, 2020
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Black Ice In 1911 - as a prelude to Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole - three men set off in the darkness of the Antarctic winter. Departing from Scott's over-wintering hut, they were out to secure examples of the eggs of the Emperor Penguin.  Their survival, in temperatures of minus 60 or 70, can only be ascribed to astonishing courage and willpower. Bruce Bedford's dramatised account stars Crawford Logan as Edward A. 'Bill' Wilson, Richard Greenwood as Apsley...
Topics: BBC Drama, Antarctic
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Nov 26, 2020 David & Caroline Stafford
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Au Pairs [Omnibus] Comedy by David and Caroline Stafford about manners, morals, accidental chaos and heavy-duty childcare.  The story follows the fortunes of two au pairs, Alvy from Ireland and Dorkia from Hungary, who bond over their mutual condemnation of modern parenting. Dorika Anna Maxwell Martin:  Alvy Sharon Gavin From September 2009.  
Topics: BBC Drama, Comedy
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Nov 24, 2020 Will Adamsdale
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The Victorian in the Wall Drama By Will Adamsdale, with additional material by the company. Songs and music by Chris Branch and Will Adamsdale. A work-shy writer discovers a Victorian man living in the wall of his flat. Everyone's pretty surprised. Adjustments need to be made. Can the strange visitor unlock his hopeless career? His flagging relationship? A story buried in these walls for over a century? (Doubt it. Maybe. Yes.) Adapted from his hit stage show, Will Adamsdale and the original...
Topics: BBC Drama, Comedy
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Nov 24, 2020 Frank Cottrell Boyce.
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When it comes to reimagining the greatest story ever told, who better to retell it than children? "Written" by five and six year old children, devised with Frank Cottrell Boyce. The Nativity An improvised drama of The Nativity as dictated by young children as they contemplate a story where there really is rather a lot to take on board. At ages five and six they know only the world around them so even hurdling the concept of "Long, long ago" - a world where there are no cars,...
Topics: BBC Drama, Improv, Christmas
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Nov 24, 2020 Melissa Murray
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Theremin by Melissa Murray Leon Theremin, gifted inventor and reluctant spy, is forced to find a way to bug the US Embassy in London. Now he has to save himself and his former lover from both the CIA and the KGB. Theremin: Tom Hollander Alex: Kate Ashfield Olga: Ania Sowinski Will: Trystan Gravelle Sergei/Ambassador: Stephen Critchlow Boss: Malcolm Tierney Ambassador's wife/Waitress: Janice Acquah  Bart: Jonathan Tafler News seller/Man 2: Chris Pavlo  Bellboy/Man 1: Dan Starkey Directed by...
Topics: BBC Drama, Leon Theremin
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Nov 16, 2020 Nancy Crane
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The Saturday Play: Ice Blonde By Nancy Crane.  A woman's place in crime fiction is between hard covers, and Eunice Parker 's big break comes when the writer chooses her as the private eye to track down his tough-guy detective. Stepping into the wise-cracking, hard-slapping role of Eunice, Juliet Aubrey sets out in search of the iconic Pi played by David Soul but there are a dozen twists and a dangerous temptress before the end of her task. Cast The Detective: David Soul Eunice: Juliet Aubrey...
Topics: BBC Drama, David Soul
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Oct 25, 2020 Stanislaw Lem
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Solaris Written by Stanislaw Lem A Sci-Fi classic. A psychologist is sent to a run-down space station to find out what has happened to its crew. When his long-dead wife turns up, he finds himself in deep trouble. Cast: Kris: Ron Cook Rheya: Joanne Froggatt Snow: Tim McMullan Sartorius: Stuart Richman Woman: Maxine Burth Original Music: Alice Trueman Adapted by: Hattie Naylor. Producer: Polly Thomas First broadcast in two parts at 15.00 from 29/07/2007 as part of the Classic Serial series.
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 24, 2020 Charles Dickens
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Little Dorrit Serial December 1855 – June 1857 Book 1857 Charles Dickens's masterpiece of social satire and imprisonment, dramatised in five episodes by Doug Lucie. Starring Sir Ian McKellen as Charles Dickens. Recorded on location in London Charles Dickens Little Dorrit Episode 1 of 5 Arthur Clennam returns from China, fearful of a wrong committed by his parents. Curious and feeling protective when he meets young seamstress, Amy Dorrit - he follows her home, to the Marshalsea Debtor's...
Topics: BBC Drama, Ian McKellen
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Oct 23, 2020 Kat Sommers & Holly Walsh
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Charlotte & Lillian Starring Helen Monks as Charlotte and Miriam Margolyes as Lillian. Written by Holly Walsh and Kat Sommers Recorded on location.
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Kat Sommers, Holly Walsh
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Oct 21, 2020 Ian Billings
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Happiness! [Ken Dodd] David Threlfall stars as the madcap entertainer, Ken Dodd, in Ian Billing’s comedy drama about winning hearts and minds. It’s 1988 and the comedian faces charges of tax evasion. The drama imagines what it must have felt like for someone confronted with the prospect of being cut off from doing what they love most in the world. The story tracks the year-long battle with the tax-man including the 1989 trial where the entertainer is finally acquitted on all charges. Ken...
Topics: BBC Drama, Ken Dodd
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Oct 21, 2020 Hassan Abdulrazzak
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Carte Blanche Drama, The Good Listener Episode 1 of 3  created by Fin Kennedy and Boz Temple-Morris Written by Fin Kennedy Inside spy agency GCHQ, agents are monitoring delegates of the G20 summit when they discover a sophisticated cyber-attack targeting the UK National Grid. Senior analyst Henry Morcombe, already unconvinced about the need to monitor allies, leads the team tasked with investigating the threat. The attack is highly sophisticated and comes from an unknown source. Could it be...
Topics: BBC Drama, GCHQ, Cyber-attack
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Oct 21, 2020 Amy Liptrot
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The Outrun [Omnibus] Amy Liptrot's incisive memoir of fleeing London to battle her alcoholism amid Orkney's luminous landscape. When Amy Liptrot returns to Orkney after more than a decade away, she is drawn back to the Outrun on the sheep farm where she grew up. Approaching the land that was once home, memories of her childhood merge with the recent events that have set her on this journey.  Amy was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father's mental...
Topics: BBC Drama, Alcoholism, Orkney
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Oct 21, 2020 Lionel Shriver
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Lionel Shriver [BBC R4 Bookclub] Lionel Shriver discusses We Need to Talk About Kevin with James Naughtie. Lionel Shriver [BBC World Service Book Club] Lionel Shriver talks to Harriett Gilbert and a group of readers in and out of the studio about her controversial novel We Need to Talk about Kevin. We Need to Talk About Kevin [BBC R4 15 Minute Drama] Anita Sullivan's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's award-winning novel about family tragedy and its aftermath.  YouTube BBC HardTalk Interview:...
Topics: BBC Drama, Lionel Shriver
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Oct 20, 2020 Woody Guthrie
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Billy Bragg On Woody Guthrie [BBC R3 Night Waves 26 Apr 12] Singer-Songwriter Billy Bragg joins Anne to celebrate Woody Guthrie, the great American songwriter mythologised by Bob Dylan for his pre-war songs like 'This Land is Your Land'.  Bragg marks the centenary of Guthrie's birth by releasing a new Mermaid Avenue album recorded with the band Wilco full of previously unheard Guthrie songs Woody At 100 [BBC R4 Archive Hour] The folk-singer and radical song-writer Woody Guthrie was born 100...
Topics: BBC Radio Docs, Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg
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Oct 18, 2020 Tracy-Ann Oberman
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Mrs Robinson, I Presume Drama A new play by Tracy-Ann Oberman, telling the story of the film that changed Hollywood - The Graduate. Starring John Simm as director Mike Nichols. In 1963, fledgling producer Lawrence Turman read a novel by Charles Webb called The Graduate. He knew he had to make it into a movie, so he optioned it with his own money. He then persuaded Mike Nichols, who had only directed theatre at this point, to direct the film. Everyone in Hollywood thought they were crazy when...
Topics: BBC Drama, Hollywood
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Oct 18, 2020 Tracy-Ann Oberman.
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Bette & Joan & Baby Jane Written by Tracy-Ann Oberman. On 23 July 1961, filming started on "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" at the Producers Studio, Hollywood. It was a film that industry insiders thought would never be made, as its two female stars had an ongoing feud as famous and as long lasting as both of their glittering screen careers. Bette Davis "the actress" and Joan Crawford "the movie star" both arrived on set determined to prove everyone wrong,...
Topics: BBC Drama, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Joan Crawford
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Oct 18, 2020 Val McDermid
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Village SOS DCI Marion Bettany investigates a murder in the sleepy Northumbrian village of Shilwick.  Stars Helen Baxendale and David Seddon
Topics: BBC Drama, Helen Baxendale
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Oct 18, 2020 Harold PInter/Joan Bakewell
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Betrayal [Olivia Colman] Harold Pinter's acclaimed drama about a love affair and the intricate nature of deceit which is told in reverse time from its poignant ending to its thrilling first kiss. Emma ..... Olivia Colman Jerry ..... Andrew Scott Robert ..... Charles Edwards Waiter ..... Gerard McDermott Produced and directed by Gaynor Macfarlane Front Row Keeping In Touch Drama by Joan Bakewell A woman, happily married with children, considers whether her settled life leaves her free to make...
Topics: BBC Drama, Joan Bakewell, Olivia Colman, Harold PInter
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Oct 17, 2020 Christopher Green
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How Success Ruined Me Drama  Roy Hudd and Christopher Green discover the perils of applause in a comic conversation at Wilton's Music Hall, where they tell the lost story of music hall idol Fred Barnes. Fred was a queer icon and music hall star 'in the Greek style', who topped the national circuit in 1911. At the height of his fame, he would be seen about town in his trademark white suit and hat, with a pet marmoset on his shoulder. But Fred's tragic family history, sudden success and enormous...
Topics: BBC Drama, Wilton's Music Hall, Roy Hudd
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Oct 17, 2020 Christian Jungerssen
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The Exception  [Danish Thriller] Office politics become deadly serious in this tense Danish thriller. Set in a fictitious genocide research centre, the story focuses on Iben, Malene and Anne-Lise, three co-workers in a small office. When Iben and Malene receive death threats, suspicion turns to a Serbian war criminal who they are investigating. Or could it be someone closer to home?  Recorded on location in Copenhagen, The Exception includes some of Denmark's leading actors such as Lisbeth...
Topics: BBC Drama, Danish Thriller
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Oct 17, 2020 Charlotte Bronte
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Jane Eyre [Omnibus] Charlotte Bronte's most beloved novel - the iconic and dangerous love story starring Amanda Hale and Tom Burke Award-winning writer Rachel Joyce adapts Charlotte Bronte's famous novel for BBC Radio 4 as part of this year’s bicentenary celebrations of Bronte’s birthday (21st April 1816).  This 10-part drama is a mix of romance, passion, injustice and danger all wrapped-up in a love story. Jane Eyre is arguably as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1847. It...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 17, 2020 Charles Webb
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The Graduate C lassic Serial, The Graduate Episode 1 of 2  It's the summer of 1963 in suburban California and Benjamin Braddock has the world at his feet. He's just graduated from university with a teaching scholarship, his dad has bought him a fancy new Italian sports car, and all the Braddocks' friends and neighbours have been invited to a house party to celebrate. There's just one problem. Benjamin refuses to leave his room. He's worried about his future. His parents are perplexed. The...
Topics: BBC Drama, Classic Serial
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Oct 17, 2020 Charles Dickens
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Oliver Twist [1837-1839] A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Dickens' famous novel, starring Pam Ferris, Adjoa Andoh and Tim McInnerny with Edward Long as Oliver. Born and brought up in the appalling deprivation of the workhouse, the orphaned Oliver escapes and heads for London, only to fall into the hands of the notorious Fagin and his gang of child thieves. But Oliver is an innocent at heart, and the attempts by Fagin and the impudently witty Artful Dodger to teach him the tricks of the...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 17, 2020 Charles Dickens
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S01E01 Barnaby Rudge Captain Midnight [1841] Dramatised by Mike Walker from Charles Dickens's novel set against the background of the anti-catholic riots of the 1780s.  When young Ned Chester is set upon by a highwaymen no-one thinks that his assailant might be connected to the violent murder of his beloved Emma's father, Reuben Haredale.  The murderer that night, five years ago, was assumed to be William Rudge, who has disappeared without trace, leaving his wife and son Barnaby to fend for...
Topics: BBC Drama, Gordon Riots
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Oct 17, 2020 Charles Dickens
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A Tale of Two Cities  By Charles Dickens Dramatised by Mike Walker Episode 1/5: Recalled to Life Robert Lindsay leads a cast which includes Alison Steadman, Jonathan Coy, Andrew Scott, Paul Ready and Karl Johnson in a new dramatisation of Charles Dickens's classic, with original music by Lennert Busch. From the echo of the first line 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' to the final 'It is a far far better thing that I do than I have ever done', Dickens's novel of the French...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 17, 2020 Caroline & David Stafford
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Hancock's Ashes Drama After comedy legend Tony Hancock took his own life in Sydney in June 1968, fellow performer Willie Rushton brought his ashes back to Britain from Australia. Based on a real event, Caroline and David Stafford’s drama imagines what might have happened behind-the-scenes... Ewan Bailey stars as Willie Rushton. Written by Caroline and David Stafford. Director: Marc Beeby First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.
Topics: BBC Drama, Tony Hancock, Willie Rushton
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Oct 17, 2020 C. S. Forester
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The African Queen [2015] Drama Samantha Bond and Toby Jones star in a new dramatisation of C.S. Forester's classic World War 1 novel. Set in 1915, Rose Sayer's work as a missionary comes to an abrupt end when the village she and her brother, Reverend Samuel Sayer, live in is invaded by the German army. Samuel dies of fever and Rose blames the ungodly Germans for having ground him down and frightened off the entire village.  Patriotically, but naively, Rose conceives of blowing up a German...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 17, 2020 Bernard Pomerance
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The Elephant Man [BBC Drama] From Victorian fairground freak to social celebrity - the true story of John Merrick, whose hideously deformed body cruelly hid the mind of a sensitive and intelligent being. Stars Gerard Murphy as John Merrick, Jeremy Clyde as Frederick Treves, Anna Massey as Mrs Kendall, Charles Kay as Carr Gomm, John Hollis as Ross, Jennifer Piercey as Princess Alexandra, John Baddeley as the Bishop, Philip Sully as Lord John, Joan Walker as the Countess, Diana Olsson as the...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 17, 2020 Ben Tagoe
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Triple Word Score Original British Dramatists 2015  Ben Tagoe's warm-hearted drama set in the high octane world of competitive Scrabble set in Nigeria. When Yomi travels from his native Scotland to his father's homeland to try out for the national Scrabble team, he has a lot more to learn than strategic two letter words.  Produced/directed by Gaynor Macfarlane Ben Tagoe is a Scottish Ghanaian writer who writes for continuing drama on tv and for the theatre. This is his first radio drama....
Topics: BBC Drama, Scrabble, Nigeria
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Oct 16, 2020 Alan Bennett
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Keeping On Keeping On [Omnibus]   Diaries 2005-14 Alan Bennett reads extracts from a further collection of his published diaries, beginning in 2005. 'I seem to have banged on this year rather more than usual. I make no apology for that, nor am I nervous that it will it make a jot of difference. I shall still be thought to be kindly, cosy and essentially harmless. I am in the pigeon-hole marked 'no threat' and did I stab Judi Dench with a pitchfork I should still be a teddy bear.' Alan...
Topics: Alan Bennett Diaries, Memoir
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Oct 15, 2020 Paula Hawkins
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Into The Water  by Paula Hawkins Episode 1 of 2 Jules Abbot returns to Beckford after shock news of her sister's drowning. Did she fall or jump from a cliff?  Stars Sian Brooke. Episode 2 of 2 Can DI Townsend and DS Morgan discover what led Katie Whittaker to 'The Drowning Pool'?  Stars Sian Brooke.
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Oct 15, 2020 Paula Hawkins
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The Girl On The Train Episode 1 of 2 Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. 'Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's...
Topics: BBC R4, Sally Hawkins
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Oct 14, 2020 Georgia Fitch
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Strangers in the Night Drama By Georgia Fitch It is 1969 and English actress Carol White is trying to make her name in Hollywood. When she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Frank Sinatra, their intense friendship leads her on a journey of self-discovery. Will her career as a Hollywood star take off or will love prove the ultimate distraction? Directed by Nandita Ghose STORY: The play covers an emotional few days in English actress Carol White's life. Fresh from her success as Cathy in Ken...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 14, 2020 George Bernard Shaw; Alistair McGowan
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Pygmalion Episode 1 of 2  Alistair McGowan, Morgana Robinson, Sian Phillips and Al Murray star in George Bernard Shaw's classic tale of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl who is trained by professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, to pass as a duchess. Credits Henry Higgins Alistair McGowan  Eliza Doolittle Morgana Robinson Alfred Doolittle Al Murray  Colonel Pickering Hugh Fraser Mrs Higgins Siân Phillips  Mrs Pearce Charlotte Page Maid Charlotte Page  Mrs Eynsford-Hill Georgie Glen...
Topics: BBC Drama, Alistair McGowan
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Oct 13, 2020 Emma Jane Kirby
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Bird In The Sky Emma Jane Kirby investigates the extraordinary mystery of 23-year-old Sergeant Paul Meyer, a successful, respected mechanic in the US Air Force who, at the height of the Cold War in 1969, stole a plane from his base in East Anglia and disappeared mid-flight. What made the airman crack so suddenly and why was neither his plane nor his body ever recovered? Paul . . . . . Adam Gillen Jane . . . . . Julianna Jennings Colonel Kingery . . . . . Elliot Cowan Sergeant Alexander . . . ....
Topics: BBC Drama, US Air Force, Missing Plane, RAF Mildenhall
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Oct 13, 2020 Charlotte Williams
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Well, He Would, Wouldn't He? [Mandy Rice-Davies] By Charlotte Williams. In 1963, at the tender age of 18, Mandy Rice-Davies found herself at the centre of one of the most sensational scandals of the 20th century.  She was a witness in the trial of Stephen Ward who was charged with living off the earnings of prostitutes.  At the age of 16 Mandy had run away to London and become a dancer at Murray's Club in the West End, where she'd met Christine Keeler and society osteopath, Stephen. Soon she...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 13, 2020 Peter Ackroyd
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The Mystery Of Charles Dickens [Simon Callow] Bringing Dickens to life with a host of his colourful characters - Simon Callow's exhilarating one-man show.  From 2001.
Topics: BBC Drama, Charles Dickens, Peter Ackroyd, Simon Callow
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Oct 12, 2020 Charles Chaplin
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 Charles Chaplin My Autobiography [Omnibus] Charlie Chaplin (1889-1975) rose from a destitute childhood to become perhaps the greatest comedian and filmmakers of them all. At the start of his story, however, a sad fate awaits... First published in 1964, Nigel Hawthorne reads the extraordinary story of how Sir Charlie Chaplin became a silent cinema comedy legend renowned for his on-screen slapstick. Abridged in ten parts by Donald Bancroft. Producer: Gerry Jones First broadcast on BBC Radio 4...
Topics: BBC Radio 4, Charles Chaplin, Autobiography i
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Oct 12, 2020 Caitlin Moran
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Caitlin's 13th birthday doesn't start well.  Omnibus of Caitlin Moran’s bestselling comic memoir dramatised in 5 episodes.  Narrator ..... Caitlin Moran Caitlin ..... Louise Brealey Caz ..... Jeanette Percival Mum ..... Clare Corbett Yobs/Siblings ..... Lewis Bray, Cameron Percival, Jeanette Percival, Lucy Doyle Director ..... Mary Peate Dramatists ..... Claudine Toutoungi and Caitlin Moran Each episode combines the book's mix of comic memoir and polemic, structured around two or three...
Topics: BBC Drama, Memior, Feminism
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Oct 12, 2020 Annie Caulfield
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Dusty Won't Play First broadcast: Tuesday 12 February 2013 Charlie Brooks stars as Dusty Springfield in Annie Caulfield's latest play. Dusty Won't Play is a reminder of the tangled paranoia of apartheid and the true story of Dusty Springfield's refusal to play segregated audiences in South Africa.  Shot through with the ozone charge of Dusty's music, leavened with her earthy humour and straight talking, this play looks at the harrowing days of her short South African tour. Drawing on eye...
Topics: BBC Drama, Dusty Springfield, Apartheid
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Oct 12, 2020 Val McDermid
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S01 Deadheading [Omnibus] [Julie Hesmondhalgh] Best selling crime writer Val McDermid turns to comedy capers among the carrots, as we rummage through the undergrowth of a murder on the allotments.  Starring Julie Hesmondhalgh and Miriam Margolyes. It's a case for Detective Chief Inspector Alma Blair, the Alpha Detective, her sergeant Jason Trotter, and Jo Blake the crime scene manager. Watch how the women behave towards each other. Rivals? Not quite. There may even be a barely detectable...
Topics: BBC Drama, Comedy, Crime, Julie Hesmondhalgh
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Oct 11, 2020 Robert Tressell
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Classic Serial  The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Episode 1 of 3 A shock is in store for the workmen as their ruthless boss Old Misery singles out one of the group. Ruth and Easton resort to desperate measures to pay the rent. Owen ...... Andrew Lincoln Easton ...... Johnny Vegas Crass ...... Timothy Spall Hunter (Old Misery) ...... Paul Whitehouse The Policeman ...... John Prescott MP Ruth ...... Shirley Henderson Rushton ...... Bill Bailey Barrington ...... Tom Goodman-Hill Slyme .........
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 11, 2020 Stephen Poliakoff
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Playing With Trains Stephen Poliakoff is reunited with leading actor Timothy Spall in a new two-part radio version of his drama Playing With Trains, to be broadcast in March. Spall is joined by Zoe Tapper (whose recent TV credits include lead roles in Survivors, Desperate Romantics and Affinity) and Geoffrey Streatfeild (who recently starred as Hal in the RSC's History Cycle). Poliakoff and Spall previously collaborated brilliantly on the ground-breaking TV dramas Shooting the Past and Perfect...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 10, 2020 George Goodwin
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Benjamin Franklin in London Book of the Week By George Goodwin. Biographical account of experimental scientist Benjamin Franklin's time living in London, from 1757 to 1775 Read by Nickolas Grace. Benjamin Franklin In Our Time Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Benjamin Franklin. A printer, statesman, diplomat, writer and scientist, Franklin was one of the most remarkable individuals of the eighteenth century. His discoveries relating to the nature of electricity, and in...
Topics: BBC Radio 4, Benjamin Franklin, London
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Oct 10, 2020 B.S. Johnson
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The Unfortunates Last broadcast on Sun, 17 Oct 2010, 20:00 on BBC Radio 3. by B.S. Johnson adapted by Graham White Cast: Bryan ..... Martin Freeman Tony ..... Patrick Kennedy Wendy ..... Claire Rushbrook  June ..... Jacqueline Defferary Tony's Father ..... Sean Baker First Aid Woman/Tony's Mother ..... Christine Kavanagh Sation Announcer/Reporter ..... Tony Bell Landlady/Clerk ..... Sally Orrock Guest House owner/Reporter ..... Jude Akuwudike Clerk/Newspaper Voice ..... Lloyd Thomas...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 10, 2020 Arnold Bennett
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Classic Serial, Arnold Bennett - Anna of the Five Towns  Episode 1 of 2  Arnold Bennett's powerful story of love, tyranny and rebellion set against the vitality and harshness of life in the Staffordshire Potteries in the late nineteenth century, dramatised by Helen Edmundson. Brought up in the repressive tradition of Methodism by her miserly father, Anna Tellwright dreams of independence and freedom. On coming of age she learns that she is to inherit a fortune and realises that she is loved...
Topic: BBC DRama
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Oct 10, 2020 Alistair McGowan
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The Unsent Letters Of Erik Satie Released On: 13 Jul 2013 Alistair McGowan travels to Paris on the trail of his musical hero, the visionary Erik Satie - now most well-known as the composer of the Gymnopedies. Satie was famously eccentric - he replaced traditional musical directions like 'ralentando' and 'fortissimo' with instructions to the musician such as, 'While watching oneself approach' and 'like a nightingale with a toothache' and in order to save time deciding what to wear every day, he...
Topics: BBC Drama, Erik Satie
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Oct 10, 2020 Amelia Bullmore
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County Lines Drama  A young black woman sits opposite a middle-aged white woman on a train. Neither of them is quite what they seem. County Lines is a finalist in this year's Audio Drama Awards.  Joy  Brid Brennan   Umi  Tamara Lawrance  Steward  Sean Murray   Officer  Ryan Early  Lisa  Nahel Tzegai   Delivery Man  Ryan Whittle    Officer  Ryan Whittle   Carla  Lauren Cornelius Director  Mary Peate   Writer  Amelia Bullmore   Broadcast Fri 1 Jun 2018 14:15  BBC...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 10, 2020 Alice Walker
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The Color Purple Dramatisation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, set in the Deep South in the interwar years. Celie is a young black girl born into a world of poverty and segregation. Celie ...... Nadine Marshall Nettie ...... Nikki Amuka-Bird Mister ...... Eammon Walker Corrinne ...... Lorraine Burroughs Ma ...... Adjoa Andoh Pa ...... Colin McFarlane Dramatised by Pat Cumper YouTube The Color Purple: Alice Walker on Her Classic Novel, Speilberg's Film, and the Broadway...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 10, 2020 Anne Frank
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The Diary Of A Young Girl [Omnibus] Anne Frank would have been 90 this year. Her family had fled from Germany to Holland hoping to escape the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews. On her thirteenth birthday, June 12th 1942, she was given a red chequered diary. When the family went into hiding less than a month later Anne took her diary with her addressing each entry to Dear Kitty, the confidant and friend she so craved while shut up in the secret annexe above her father’s business premises. The...
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Oct 10, 2020 Ann Cleeves
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Raven Black By Ann Cleeves. Dramatised for radio by Iain Finlay MacLeod. Atmospheric dramatisation of the award-winning crime novel set deep in a Shetland winter. When a young woman is found strangled in a snow-covered field, the inhabitants of small Shetland hamlet Ravenswick are thrown into shock. Disbelief soon turns to anger and suspicion falls upon elderly loner Magnus Tait. But Detective Jimmy Perez has a hunch that the case is more complicated than that solution might suggest. Raven...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 9, 2020 Andy McNab
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Last Night, Another Soldier By Andy McNab A gripping story from the frontline of Afghanistan. Eighteen year old Briggsy is just three weeks into his first posting and he's thrilled to be part of the action. But when his Rifle Section loses a man in battle, Briggsy is forced to confront the realities of war. Briggsy - Russell Tovey Si - Lloyd Thomas Flash - Paul Rider Toki - Damian Lynch Mackenzie/John - Stephen Hogan Mum/Helicopter pilot/Radio Operator - Janice Acquah Emma/Tannoy - Caroline...
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Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 9, 2020 Andrew Sachs
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The Revenge Andrew Sachs's pioneering thriller featuring sound effects and eleven actors, but no written dialogue.  From June 1978.
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 9, 2020 Andrew Lynch & Johnny Vegas
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Chequebook & Pen [Les Dawson] Written by Andrew Lynch and Johnny Vegas. Johnny Vegas pays tribute to the legendary Les Dawson in a comic flight of fancy. Les has a way with words but is northern, rather crumpled, a little shambolic and an unknown quantity, and delightfully unpredictable when he is faced with representing a national institution. Nicholas Parsons is Farson, a resplendent foil for Dawson. Farson embraces and embodies the hammiest forces of the 'traditional BBC'. A nemesis to...
Topics: BBC Drama, Les Dawson, Johnny Vegas
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Oct 9, 2020 Alan Harris
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Sam's life is turned upside down when his girlfriend discovers a Banksy on his bottom. This Is Not a Banksy Drama By Alan Harris Sam's life is turned upside down when his girlfriend, Molly, discovers a Banksy on his bottom. Molly insists they make it permanent down the tattoo parlour and before long Sam has become a living work of art. And that's when his problems really begin. A comedy about the madness of the international art market, starring Elis James (Crims), Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat),...
Topics: BBC Drama, Art
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Oct 9, 2020 Garry Disher
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Crime Down Under: The Dragon Man Drama  By Garry Disher, dramatised by D.J.Britton. It's hot, it's nearly Christmas, and Hal Challis has a serial killer to catch. On the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne, young women are being targeted and murdered and the perpetrator leaves no clues. A series of recorded messages taunting the police, along with a spate of deliberate fire-setting, increase the pressure on the team to make an arrest before the holiday. But they can't find anything to connect...
Topics: BBC Drama, Crime Down Under
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Oct 9, 2020 Alan Carter
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Prime Cut Episode 1 of 2 Banished to the Stock Squad after his involvement in a police frame up, one-time golden boy DSC Cato Kwong is given a final chance at redemption. When the Great Southern Ocean washes up a headless torso, Cato is called in from the cold and sent to the remote mining town of Hopetoun, Western Australia to investigate. If he can quickly solve the case then maybe he can get his career back on track. Only his investigation takes him deep into the murky waters of migrant...
Topics: BBC Drama, Crime Down Under
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Oct 9, 2020 Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None Saturday Drama  Agatha Christie's famous detective story without a detective, adapted by Joy Wilkinson.  Ten guests are separately invited to an island by a person none of them knows very well, if at-all. When they arrive, it seems they have all been invited for different reasons. Nothing quite adds up. An anonymous voice accuses each of them of having murdered someone. By the end of the first night, one of the guests is dead. Stranded by a violent...
Topics: BBC Drama, Agatha Christie
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Oct 9, 2020 Adrian Mitchell
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The Jubilee Singers Saturday Drama  Writer Adrian Mitchell's drama about the extraordinary Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, Tennessee, who in the years immediately after slavery brought their great 'Sorrow Songs' from the plantations to Europe. The late Adrian Mitchell, who died suddenly in 2008, was a much loved and revered poet, playwright and human rights campaigner. He was inspired to write this musical play by the true story of the Welsh journalist who toured with the black American...
Topics: BBC Drama, Adrian Mitchell, Fisk University
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Oct 6, 2020 Lee Hall
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Spoonface Steinberg Spoonface is seven years old, autistic and terminally ill with cancer. She's fascinated by opera and by the way her parents behave. With the help of their cleaner, Mrs Spud, she tries to come to terms with her extraordinary life. Lee Hall's award-winning monologue is performed by Becky Simpson. First broadcast in 1997, it elicited such an extraordinary response from BBC Radio 4 listeners that a repeat was scheduled within days of the original transmission. Originally the...
Topics: BBC Drama, Lee Hall, Autistic, Cancer
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Oct 6, 2020 Laurence Allan
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Drama on 3 I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Shout Sunday 12 February 2006 20:15-21:30 (Radio 3) By Laurence Allan. Summertime Jones, an old time jazz enthusiast, sets off on a quest from Tiger Bay in Cardiff to the US. As Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, Summertime tries to reach his city of dreams. Buddy Bolden is one of the original greats of the American jazz scene and this musical road movie captures the spirit of Bolden. Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes Playlist: Summertime ...... Lennie James...
Topics: BBC Drama, Jazz, Buddy Bolden
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Oct 6, 2020 Charlotte Jones
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The Diva in Me Synopsis  Phillipa spends Saturday night eating toast and fantasizing about a boy-man from Southern Electric. She can sing anything from Bjork to Bassey with a touch of Judy Garland thrown in but the world has turned its back her. Why? A comedy with music by award-winning writer Charlotte Jones. Phillipa...Philippa Stanton Shadwell...Stuart McLoughlin Vicki...Sally Orrock Gene Kelly...Daniel Rabin Mona...Joanna Monro Trevor...Brian Bowles Directed by Claire Grove This comedy...
Topic: BBC Drama
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Oct 6, 2020 Jonathan Holloway
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Released On: 12 Jul 2008 One night in 1958 police were called to the house of 'sweater girl' Lana Turner, where her current boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, was lying in a pool of blood, stabbed to death by Lana's daughter, Cheryl. At the ensuing coroner's inquest, Lana gave the performance of her life. Lana Turner........................Laurence Bouvard Johnny Stompanato.......John Guerrasio Cheryl...................................Georgia Moffett...
Topics: BBC Drama, Lana Turner, Hollywood
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Aug 22, 2020 Laura Barton
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Laura Barton's American Road Trip Laura Barton takes to the open road for an audio adventure across the USA. Using the BBC archives to travel from the bright lights of New York to the pacific breeze of California. BBC Radio 4 - Laura Barton's Notes from a Musical Island https://archive.org/search.php?query=Laura+Barton%27s+Notes+from+a+Musical+Island https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vz5j8/episodes/player
Topics: BBC R4, Laura Barton, Road Trip
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Aug 22, 2020 Katherine Jakeways
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North By Northamptonshire Comedy series by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire S01 Credits Narrator Sheila Hancock Rod Mackenzie Crook Mary Penelope Wilton Jan Felicity Montagu Jonathan Kevin Eldon Esther Katherine Jakeways S02 Credits Narrator Sheila Hancock John Biggins............Keith Mackenzie Crook.........Rod Kevin Eldon.........Jonathan / Ken Shelia Hancock........... Narrator Jessica Henwick.............Helen Katherine Jakeways.... Esther /...
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Jul 14, 2020 BBC R4 Comedy
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"...Walt Disney has a sister...?" Where to, Mate? Episode 1 of 4  Set and recorded on location in a car in Manchester, ‘Where To, Mate?’ is a semi-improvised comedy following our main drivers Bernie and Ben as we eavesdrop on their taxi journeys around the North West. This week Bernie picks up Milton and they strike up a friendship; and Ben picks up a healer who tries to help him against his will. Ben was the first driver to work at the firm and he’s seen it all. He likes 80s...
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Jason Wingard, Carl Cooper, Improv
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Jul 14, 2020 Sean Foley & Hamish McColl
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Rockall Foley and McColl: The Interview The duo are set to tell all on Parky's TV chat show. Stars Sean Foley, Hamish McColl and Michael Parkinson.  From February 2003.
Topics: BBC R4 Comedy, Sean Foley, Hamish McColl, Michael Parkinson.
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Jun 4, 2020 Juliet Nicolson
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House Full Of Daughters [Omnibus] Juliet Nicolson's memoir of seven generations of women, including her grandmother Vita Sackville West.  Read by Juliet Stevenson. Juliet Stevenson reads Juliet Nicolson’s journey through seven generations of women, including her Flamenco dancing great-great-grandmother, Pepita, her grandmother Vita Sackville-West and her mother Philippa - all of whom have shaped and formed, in extraordinary ways, exactly who she has become today. We journey through the slums...
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Topics: BBC Drama, Vita Sackville-West, Sissinghurst, Knole, Juliet Stevenson
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May 28, 2020 Margaret Drabble
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The Garrick Year A new adaptation of Margaret Drabble's 1964 novel set in a very swinging sixties. Dramatised by Robin Brooks. Emma Evans is forced to sacrifice a job in television when her actor husband, David, insists on dragging his young family off for a season at a new theatre in the provinces. Emma, dogged by a baby, a toddler and an active conscience, observes the goings-on backstage with a detached amusement, until charismatic director Wyndham comes on the scene. Soon, she finds herself...
Topics: BBC Drama, Margaret Drabble
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May 28, 2020 Kerry Shale
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The Kubrick Test Kerry Shale’s drama tells the true story of his encounter with one of cinema’s most influential figures. Stanley Kubrick is undoubtedly one of the greatest film makers of all time with a succession of masterpieces from A Clockwork Orange to 2001, Dr Strangelove to The Shining. He’s also known for an exhaustively detailed working process and utter lack of compromise. For many years, the great director’s methods were shrouded in mystery. So when, in 1987, a young actor...
Topics: BBC Drama, Kerry Shale, Stanley Kubrick
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May 10, 2020 Timothy X Atack
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Found footage drama charting the time a group of musicians spent on Stroma, an abandoned island off the north coast of Scotland, five years after their disappearance Drama on 3: The Stroma Sessions Sunday 30 October 9.00pm-10.30pm BBC RADIO 3 The Blackletter Quartet, a new music ensemble, had an idea: to write and record an album on Stroma, an abandoned island off the north coast of Scotland. Five years after the quartet’s disappearance, The Stroma Sessions – a series of audio files...
Topic: BBC Drama
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May 10, 2020 Katherine Wilson
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Only in Naples [Omnibus] Katherine Wilson tells how she travelled to Naples in 1966, discovering love, food and family in a uniquely Neapolitan way
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Topics: BBC R4 Book Of The Week, Katherine Wilson, Memoir
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May 9, 2020 Glyn Hughes
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Mr Lowry's Loves [Tom Courtenay] When Laurence Stephen Lowry died in 1976, he left nearly his entire fortune to a young woman with whom he happened to share a surname. Her name was Carol Ann Lowry and she'd written to him in 1957 aged 13, hoping to gain some support in her quest to become an artist. Lowry's response was beyond Carol’s wildest dreams. He paid for her convent education, helped her through art school and the pair remained friends until his death. Award-winning writer Glyn Hughes...
Topics: BBC Drama, L. S. Lowry, Tom Courtenay
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May 7, 2020 Christopher Green
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Like an Angel Passing through My Room This is a story about love. The unconditional love of a devoted fan. Summer 2006: Christopher Green meets Anni-Frid Lyngstad aka Frida from Abba. He is the after dinner entertainment. She is a dinner party guest. What starts as a 'I'm your biggest fan' conversation turns into a long chat about the nature of loving someone you've never met. From Olivier award-winning writer Christopher Green. Himself...Christopher Green Herself...Anni-Frid Lyngstad...
Topics: BBC Drama, Christopher Green, ABBA, Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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May 6, 2020 Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre
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When Fanny Met Germaine "In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the impossible." Germaine de Stael Sian Ejiwunmi-Le Berre’s first radio drama takes a delightfully naughty romp through the real-life friendship of two phenomenal – but very different - women writers of the eighteenth century. Before Jane Austen, there was Fanny Burney: England’s most celebrated female author, with two international hit novels under her belt: "Cecilia" and "Evelina". Now...
Topic: BBC Drama
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May 6, 2020 Roland Gift
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Return To Vegas [A Musical Drama] Musical drama written by and starring Roland Gift, one of our finest soul singers and ex-lead singer of the 1980s band Fine Young Cannibals. Johnny Holloway, an ex-pop star wrongly convicted of drug dealing, gets out of prison and is picked up on his release by his "brother from another mother", Sean. Having missed the funeral, Johnny asks to be taken to the wake of his colleague Frank to pay his respects. When he gets there, he finds he has inherited...
Topic: BBC Drama
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May 6, 2020 Anthony Bourdain
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Kitchen Confidential [Omnibus] Anthony Bourdain's exposé of the restaurant trade, recalling his first encounter with cold soup and oysters.  Stars Michael Esper Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain has decided to tell all. From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown; from the kitchen...
Topics: BBC Drama, Restaurant Trade, Food
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May 6, 2020 Caroline & David Stafford
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Feminine Forever [Omnibus] Caroline and David Stafford's comedy about women, HRT and the joys of growing old disgracefully during the 1970s, a period of increasingly politicised feminism.  Cast Eileen Lesley Manville Trevor Ron Cook Judy Alex Tregear Richard Stephen Hogan Director Marc Beeby Producer Marc Beeby Writer David Stafford Writer Caroline Stafford
Topics: BBC Drama, Caroline & David Stafford, HRT
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May 3, 2020 James Fritz
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Eight Point Nine Nine Drama What if doping were allowed in athletics? How much faster could we go? And at what cost? A timely retelling of the Julian Mason scandal, one year on from the closure of Project Hermes, the controversial doping program that enabled Mason to run the 100m in under nine seconds. What drove the scientists at the heart of the project? What made the athletes sign up? And who was to blame when things went wrong? A searing investigation into the risks and rewards of pushing...
Topics: BBC Drama, Project Hermes, Julian Mason
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May 3, 2020 Ali Smith
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The Switch By Ali Smith, partly inspired by the romantic film musicals of Jacques Demy and told in a sequence of songs. Accompanied by his French bride, young English electrician George heads for the Scottish Highlands in the optimistic 1960s to set up in business. Forty years later, their daughter Genevieve remembers her parents and her childhood as she journeys by train from London back to Scotland. George ...... Nick Farr Sidonie ...... Lucy Paterson Genevieve ...... Gabriel Quigley With...
Topic: BBC Drama:Ali Smith
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Apr 21, 2020 Hilary Mantel
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The Mirror & The Light The beheading of Anne Boleyn raises difficult questions as to who will succeed Henry VIII. Anton Lesser reads the eagerly-awaited finale to Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning Thomas Cromwell series. Hilary Mantel on The Mirror and the Light - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5qGSX_sp0k
Topics: BBC Drama, Thomas Cromwell
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Apr 17, 2020 Katherine Jakeways
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Teatime Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about a chaotic but loving family. Starring Philip Glenister, Samantha Spiro, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Katie Redford and Steven Brandon.
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
BBC Radio Shows
Apr 17, 2020 Jim Poyser & Damian Lanigan
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Stockport, So Good They Named It Once The comic goings on of the Conroy family in the Greater Manchester town of Stockport. Cast Jason Done – Michael Beverley Callard – Maureen John McArdle – Eddie Dominic Monaghan – Jason BBC R4  Stockport, So Good They Named It Once website  page https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01n2ntk/episodes/guide
Topic: BBC R4 Comedy
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Apr 15, 2020 Nicholas Briggs
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The Prisoner January 16th, 1967...A secret agent resigns from MI6, then wakes up to find himself imprisoned in 'The Village' - a bizarre community with a cheery veneer, but an underbelly of mystery and threat.  All occupants of The Village have numbers instead of names, with our secret agent forced to accept the mantel of Number Six.  The authorities running this Village are intent on discovering why Number Six resigned - but it's a secret he steadfastly refuses to divulge. As the drama...
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Apr 15, 2020 Rebecca Front
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Modern Morality Tales Drama on 3 Rebecca Front plays Eve in five stories about modern attitudes towards morality. In medieval times, allegorical plays such as 'Mankind' and 'Everyman' were used to warn audiences that how they lived in the present would affect their afterlife - whether they would end up in Hell, Purgatory or Heaven. But in a secular age how do we deal with the nature of sins and virtues? Our attitude to good and evil is certainly less black and white. Is it bad to be proud -...
Topics: BBC Drama, Rebecca Front
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Apr 15, 2020 Anne Donovan
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Beautiful Day [BBC R4 Woman's Hour] David: Wlllam Barlow God: Alexandra Mathie Chris: Gabriel Quigley Paul: Chris Young Author: Anne Donovan. Director: Lu Kemp
Topic: BBC Drama
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Apr 15, 2020 Rose Tremain
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Who Was Emily Davison? Rose Tremain tells the story of Emily Davison who has a small, tragic place in British history as the woman who threw herself in front of the King's horse, Anmer, during Epsom Derby of 4 June 1913. This drama tries to understand why she did it. Janet Maw stars as Emily Davison, with Miriam Margolyes as Queen Mary and Nigel Anthony as King George V. Although Tremain is best known as an award-winning novelist, she has also written original plays and dramatizations for radio...
Topics: BBC Drama, Suffragette, The Derby
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Apr 14, 2020 Tom Baker
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Who on Earth is Tom Baker?: An Autobiography
Topics: BBC R4, Autobiography
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Apr 14, 2020 Michael Cunningham
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Drama, The Hours  The radio debut of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book inspired by Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway starring Rosamund Pike, Fenella Woolgar and Teresa Gallagher. Three separate women live in different locations and eras but are bound by their passion for Woolf's novel, Mrs Dalloway. As they experience life on a Tuesday in June, their thoughts and experiences echo each other and become intertwined. In Richmond in 1923, Woolf sits down to write a novel calling her...
Topics: BBC Drama, Virginia Woolf
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Talking To Strangers: What We Should Know About The People We Don't Know [Omnibus] Malcolm Gladwell is an international best-selling author and host of the podcast Revisionist History. In his new book, he explores what we should know about the people we don’t know. And, with his trademark style, he delves into our recent history, in order to understand the world we live in and the people we live amongst more clearly. Omnibus read by Malcolm Gladwell. Abridger: Anna Magnusson Produced by...
Topics: BBC R4, Malcolm Gladwell
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Apr 14, 2020 Annie Caulfield
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I'm Still The Same Paul Lenny Henry stars as singer and political activist Paul Robeson. As an outspoken apologist for Stalin and agitator for civil rights Paul Robeson had many enemies, including the CIA. His passport was taken away, his career curtailed and his health threatened. An FBI agent re-examines his story. Paul Robeson ..... Lenny Henry Essie Robeson ..... Adjoa Andoh Michael Vincent ..... Corey Johnson Helen Rosen ..... Joanna Monro Marian ..... Alibe Parsons Phillips ..... David...
Topics: BBC Drama, Lenny Henry, Paul Robeson
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Apr 14, 2020 Alan Clark
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Alan Clark Diaries Desert Island Discs Alan Clark Alan Clark Desert Island Discs The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the politician, historian and diarist Alan Clark. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the impact his alarmingly frank diaries - published in 1993 - made on his colleagues, friends and enemies. Also, on the island he'll be ruminating on love, pain, parents, political ambition and the many attractions of his island exile. Favourite track: Saul The Dead March by George...
Topic: BB R4
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Apr 14, 2020 Muriel Spark
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Appointment In Arezzo [Omnibus] A journalist's memoir of a friendship with Muriel Spark, one of the twentieth century's great writers.  Read by Paul Higgins. The Vital Spark: Memento Mori Drama  Adapted by Robin Brooks  Muriel Spark's gloriously dark comedy about death.  Set among a group of elderly people, the story begins with what appears to be an ordinary crime and ends up as a metaphysical mystery. An anonymous caller repeatedly disturbs the elderly men and women with the message:...
Topics: BBc Drama, Muriel Spark, Appointment In Arezzo
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Apr 14, 2020 Christie Watson
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The Language Of Kindness [Omnibus] In her illuminating memoir, Christie Watson gives an account of her 20-year nursing career. At the heart of her intimate portrait of hospital life are the small acts of kindness and compassion that all of us will receive when we inevitably experience illness, whether it be ourselves or our loved ones.  We accompany Christie when she becomes a student nurse filled with anxiety as she cares for a teenage boy who is about to receive a new heart and lungs. We'll...
Topics: BBC R4, Memoir, Nursing
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Apr 13, 2020 Bryony Lavery
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The Opera Companion  Derek Jacobi stars as Albie in Byrony Lavery's tragi-comedy about two shy opera lovers who have seats next to each other but never speak, until it's too late. They find themselves sitting next to each other, to neither’s satisfaction - she thinks his suit cheap; he thinks her get-up ridiculous. Elbow-war breaks out and, during La bohème, she spills ice cream down his trousers. Starring Nichola McAuliffe (as Marguerite), Alice Hart and Philip Fox Directed by Janet...
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Apr 11, 2020 Nell Dunn
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Up The Junction By Nell Dunn. Dramatised by Georgia Fitch. In Nell Dunn's Sixties classic, a young writer from Chelsea decides to swap her privileged life for a grittier experience in industrial Battersea. We join Lily as she embarks on life in the working class community, forming strong friendships with sisters Sylvie and Rube and working in the local sweet factory. The girls scrape together enough to get by on, live in each other's pockets and shake off whatever drama life throws at them. The...
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Apr 11, 2020 Dave Sheasby
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The Sheffield Picasso On a dark, cold November day in 1950, influential artist Pablo Picasso came to Sheffield for a world peace conference. What was the effect of his visit? Dave Sheasby's play is based on a true event. Stars Olivier Pierre as Pablo Picasso, Sandor Eles as Tomas, Kathryn Pogson as Barbara and Paul Copley as John. Directed by Janet Whitaker. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995. British Pathé Peace Gets A Move On (1950) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6fO8ri97WI
Topics: BBC Drama, Picasso
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Apr 10, 2020 Colin Grant
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Homecoming [Omnibus] Growing up in 1960s Luton, Colin Grant avoided asking his Jamaican parents why they had emigrated to Britain in the 1950s.  But now, seventy years after many ships (and some planes) - brought thousands of British citizens from the West Indies to the shores of the United Kingdom, he has drawn together over a hundred first-hand interviews, archival recordings and memoirs by the women and men of the 'Windrush Generation' who arrived between the late 1940s and early 1960s....
Topics: BBC Drama, Windrush Generation
BBC Radio Shows
Apr 10, 2020 Sean O'Casey
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Juno & The Paycock Drama on 3  Sean O'Casey's tragic-comic masterpiece, set in a working-class Dublin tenement in the Civil War is arguably one of the finest Irish plays of the last century. Will a surprise inheritance improve life for the Boyle family? The slum-dwelling Boyle family are blighted by poverty, the viciously internecine Irish Civil War, and by the alcoholism of its self-aggrandising patriarch 'Captain' Jack Boyle. Juno Boyle, mother of Jack's two children is the one...
Topics: BBC Drama, Sorcha Cusack